On Sunday, March 21 I will take to the streets of Washington, DC with many thousands of others to call for the humane treatment of immigrants. An essay that I wrote before the May Day 2006 boycott explains why I will be marching again on Sunday:
I will join the boycott because my privilege demands it. I am a citizen of this country, a well-educated man with a love of justice. I must speak now because the people who clean my classrooms might not be able to, because the people who prepare the restaurant dinners I eat might not be able to, because the people about whose lives Congress is debating cannot talk back except through the power of protest.
I will stand with my immigrant sisters and brothers because I recognize and value their contribution to our country. I will join the nationwide boycott because their work makes my privilege possible. I will join because, as the book of Leviticus teaches: “The stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and you shall love him as thyself.” (Lev.19:34).
Why I Will Boycott on May 1, May 1, 2006 (May 1, 2006).
I still believe that advocacy happens in courtrooms and on the streets. Organizers are hoping for 100,000 immigrants and their allies on Sunday. crImmigration.com will be doing our part to reach that number.